At Night All Blood Is Black

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by David Diop

‘This slight book is an extraordinarily powerful exploration of what happens to the souls of men sent to kill and be killed’ — The Times, Historical Fiction Books of the Year

‘Extraordinary… full of sadness, rage and beauty’ Sarah Waters

At Night All Blood Is Black

Alfa and Mademba are two of the many Senegalese soldiers fighting in the Great War. Together they climb dutifully out of their trenches to attack France’s German enemies whenever the whistle blows, until Mademba is wounded, and dies in a shell hole with his belly torn open.

Without his more-than-brother, Alfa is alone and lost amidst the savagery of the conflict. He devotes himself to the war, to violence and death, but soon begins to frighten even his own comrades in arms. How far will Alfa go to make amends to his dead friend?

At Night All Blood is Black is a hypnotic, heartbreaking rendering of a mind hurtling towards madness.

About the Author

David Diop was born in Paris in 1966 and grew up in Senegal. He currently lives in France, where he is a specialist in eighteenth century literature and professor at the University of Pau. At Night All Blood is Black is his second novel. It was shortlisted for ten major prizes in France and won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens and the Prix Patrimoines. It is currently being translated into 11 languages and has already won the Strega European Prize in Italy.

Anna Moschovakis is a poet, author and translator, whose works include the James Laughlin Award–winning poetry collection You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake and a novel, Eleanor, or, The Rejection of the Progress of Love. Her translations from the French include Albert Cossery’s The Jokers, Annie Ernaux’s The Possession, and Bresson on Bresso.

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 12.8 × 2.6 × 19.7 cm